Ten Riskiest Phones

Thanks to Bit9 for this one. Apparently some Android phones are no longer getting software updates which leaves bugs un-patched and loopholes unclosed. Here, according to Bit9, are the ten most vulnerable phones:

Samsung Galaxy Mini

HTC Desire


Sony Ericsson Xperia X10


Sanyo Zio


HTC Wildfire


Samsung Epic 4G


LG Optimus S


Samsung Galaxy S


Motorola Droid X


LG Optimus One



  1. I got an Android update come through to my HTC Desire only a couple of weeks ago.
    Nokia only gave infrequent updates and only if you logged onto their site and checked and then followed a complicated back up and update process

  2. I recall the term ‘rooting’ from my youth, though I strongly suspect that in today’s parlance it means someting entirely different.
    Can someone enlighten me as I am now the proud owner of a smart(ish) phone and feel like I’m being left out of a fun party.

  3. I have argued with HTC directly as I’m a Desire user about this….
    I ended up rooting & roming my handset to free up memory (major issue with this handset).
    Best thing I ever did to the phone if you ask me!
    I won’t be buying another HTC phone in my lifetime

  4. why would model A with SW X be more “risky” than model B with same SW X?
    Due to popularity of the phone (i.e. bigger potential market for the virus writer)?

  5. I’d suggest to add “Android” to the title, since it appears as though non-Android phones are not risky at all 🙂
    There are tonnes of other phones with varying degrees of Smarts that also don’t get software upgrades too often.
    That said, not getting software upgrades is no concrete / complete measure of riskiness of a product, phones included.
    Come to think of it, my car has never had a software upgrade, so should I stop driving ?

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